Monthly Archives: March 2016

Happy Holi-days!

Last week the Rainbows celebrated Holi, the Hindu festival of spring and colour.

We started with a game of “What’s the colour, Miss Rainbow?” It’s like “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?” but instead of a time, the Rainbow at the front says one, two or three colours and the others repeat them and take that many steps. Supposedly. There was a lot of cheating reinterpreting the rules going on!

Then we went outside and drew on the paving slabs with giant chalks. The chalks were possibly the best £1 I’ve ever spent. It was great, all of them got really into it, and we had a lovely clear evening to do it.

So we didn’t throw paint at each other as is the tradition at Holi, but from the amount of chalk some Rainbows managed to get on themselves and their clothes, we might as well have! They were all really excited to show me how chalky their hands were.

My Brownie helper was particularly helpful this evening. She was very good at handing out and collecting the chalks, and at the end of the meeting she taught us all a new game. I’ve been a bit uncertain about what to do with such a young helper, but now I feel more encouraged about it – hopefully it’ll be a win for everyone.

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If you go down to Rainbows today…

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My own teddies, travelling in style. Why yes, I do like pandas.

A couple of weeks ago the Rainbows had a teddy bear festival. This is, to my mind, one of the most tenuous activities in Rainbow Roundabout Festivals – the explanation given is that “Teddy Bear festivals…take place around the world with Teddy Bear lovers meeting up to celebrate their favourite toys” – but I’m not complaining. It was good fun.

We started with some races (started by saying “ready, teddy, go”, naturally), with the girls doing relays carrying their teddies between their knees, on their heads, under their chins etc.

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Geronimo!

Then we made parachuting teddies, which were a bit hit and miss. Some Rainbows whizzed through colouring their card teddies and others spent ages on it (as always!). Some girls played with their finished teddy, while others weren’t interested in dropping it in its parachute, and went to play with the balls and skipping ropes instead. So for a while lots people were doing lots of different things, which is fine, but in conclusion I’m not sure it was worth the time it took me to prepare the parachutes (with kitchen roll & wool). Probably better for older girls who could do the construction themselves.

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Then it was time for a teddy bears’ picnic, prepared and served by my wonderful mum helpers. I was very impressed with the Rainbows, they were really polite around the picnic rug, asking for things they couldn’t reach. And they were very quiet, probably because they were busy with the important task of eating. What with that and their teddies sitting amongst them, it was all really sweet.

Then a quick game, then time to go home!

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! (Happy St David’s Day!)

 

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Last week at Rainbows we celebrated St David’s day with some Welsh-themed activities.

First we sang Head, shoulders, knees and toes in Welsh (a bit like in this video from 00:43). The Rainbows found it really fun and they picked the words up quickly.

Then we made Welsh cakes – the Rainbows mixed the dough and cut out rounds, which my brilliant mum helpers took off to the kitchen and fried. The recipe involves rubbing the fat into the flour, and rolling the mixture on a floury surface, so it was good messy fun.

Alas! We didn’t get to eat them. My helpers thought they weren’t cooked enough in the middle, and didn’t want to risk giving the girls undercooked egg. While I like my Welsh cakes a bit gooey and I’d guess the mixture got hot enough to kill bacteria even though it didn’t set, I had to respect their judgement, so we threw the lot away. Oh well, we learn more when things don’t go as planned! Next time I’d ask the girls to roll the mixture more thinly.

No time for photos, but here’s the test batch I made the night before. They were delicious and, to be fair, not as squidgy as the Rainbows’ ones.

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The Rainbows had some playtime while the cakes were cooking and the leaders wiped down the tables.

With 10 minutes to go, we made daffodils like the one above – expect the Rainbows made three each, they decorated the cups, and they didn’t stick the paper bits together. It was a bit rushed – I was overambitious to plan two activities for one evening! But everyone did at least leave with something that more or less looked like a daffodil.

I haven’t decided what activities we’re doing later this week, but I’ll make it a bit more leisurely…